There are too few plays which mention the menopause. Have I lost my male readers at this point? Please stay. In Deborah Bruce's new play Raya, the central figure Alex (Claire Price) is 49 and has just attended a reunion at her university organised on Facebook. Thirty years on from their October start. She has gone specifically to meet Jason (Bo Poraj) with whom she had an affair when they were undergraduates.
Janice Okoh's play The Gift for Eclipse, a Black Theatre company which fosters and supports black artists in the North of England, is a comedy of manners and a satire on race relations over two centuries. Based on Queen Victoria's black goddaughter Sarah Bonetta Davies who was gifted to the queen after she recognised the 5 year old's intelligence, the play is constructed around three tea parties.